AMA calls for CMS (AAP) & Congressional (HC coverage) action

The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to “quickly reinstate the [Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program] after a pause was announced last weekend and to include more flexible terms as well as expanding the program to Medicaid providers.” AMA sent a letter to CMS calling for it to “authorize advance payments or retainer payments by state Medicaid programs to provide critically needed funds to Medicaid physicians, clinicians, and other providers and suppliers.”

And AMA was one of more than 30 organizations that signed a letter that was sent to Congressional leaders to call for them to “take immediate action to support employers and workers by protecting and expanding high quality, affordable health care coverage.” This includes 1) providing employers with temporary subsidies to preserve health benefits and 2) covering the cost of coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and 3) expanding the use of health savings accounts (HSA) and 4) increasing the eligibility for federal subsidies for the health insurance marketplaces.

AMA letter to CMS

AMA letter to Congressional leaders